Sunday, July 29, 2012

Homemade Baked Fries

We all like fries. 

Okay, we all LOVE fries! But do Fries always have to be FRIED?

Not in this house. :-)
For 8 months I have steered clear of those artery clogging boogers, and this little recipe has made it much easier. 
This recipe was inspired by Rachel Ray years ago.
She actually inspired me to cook. :-) She made it seem easy, and I wanted easy, and I wanted to feel like a wife.
Bless my husbands soul for eating many meals, that I am sure were not edible! 
I am almost positive he wanted to cancel my Magazine Subscription to Everyday, with Rachel Ray.

So like I said, I saw Rachel cook this on her talk show years ago. It was so easy I remembered it and never forgot it. :-) I will say how I do it is not exact to hers, which is why I am not adding a link to a recipe for this.

First start with your favorite potatoes, sweet (If using sweet potatoes you will need different seasonings), russet, or whatever you got in your pantry. :-)

Now get creative and cut those babies. Be sure to use the Biggest Baddest Knife in your kitchen, because you need a strong, sharp, cutlery to handle this heavy duty job. 

I prefer to cut mine long ways so they some what resemble potato wedges.

Get a nice large cookie sheet (because the flatter they are, the crisper they get), Put aluminum foil down, you'll thank yourself later, and bath that baby in cooking spray. Leave no space uncovered.

Here are some of my favorite seasonings to use. But by all means, add to your hearts desire. Just make sure their edible. (shhhh... I know from experience)
*ahhhh heemmm, I prefer Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Seasoned Salt, and and pepper. You can use regular salt, but Seasoned Salt just does something to it. Something good. 
Your family will thank you. :-)

After seasoning your cut fries, sprinkle Olive Oil on top and get your hands dirty.
Make sure every potato is dressed and seasoned, by mixing the potato's with your hands. :-)

Pop them in your 425 preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until they are crispy to your liking.
Depending on the size of you wedges, they may need to cook a little longer to get crispier. 
Sprinkle out of the oven with a little Kosher Salt, and try not to eat them all before serving them to your family.

~This, my friend, is Worthy of your Kitchen. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Happy 4th Birthday "Sissy"!!!

Better late than never, right? Yes, that is the anthem of my life during these baby days.

I wanted to share some exciting fun we did with our oldest for her fourth birthday! We usually do a birthday party but opted not to this year since we had so much going on, but trust me, we made up for it. We spent a week at her Aunt Brandy's in Long Island, and she had a blast!

The night before we left, we celebrated with my family here in Va Beach! We went to our (cough), I mean, her favorite restaurant. She calls it the Quesadilla House, we call it, MOES!

So,"Welcome to MOES!"

After we ate dinner we shared in some yummy cake. :-)

 This girl LOVES cakes...
 And so does her sister... lol
 Time for Presents from Grandma Kitty. :-)
 Water Table A.K.A Swimming Pool... LOL

After Dinner We prepared for our 10 hour journey to Coram, NY. Here is "Sissy" being a BIG help and feeding Briella for me so I can get stuff done. :-) 

Once we got to NY, Aunt Brandy had a present waiting for her!! 
 This girl had been begging for a Dora Scooter! :-)
 She also got a sticker book...
 And I immediately got decorated. I didn't mind. 
They were Scratch and Sniff. lol

We headed to Boomers and had the place to ourselves!
 At this age, No tokens needed! LOL
 Her favorite, The Merry Go Round.

For Dinner we went to a Mexican Restaurant. 

(Hey, we like Mexican Cuisine! LOL)

They brought out a hat for her with balloons attached. She loved it. 
Brandy said they normally pop the balloons. So glad they skipped that step! LOL

Nothing like a cake from a NY Bakery. Need I say more? 
No. It speaks for itself.
 It was calling my name.
 Hear it?? It's talking to you isn't it?!
 So pretty. :-) And delish.

Happy Birthday little Momma! You are such a gem to us all! I can't wait to eat popcorn with you while we cry over chick flicks and paint our toes.  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Preach, Preacha Man...

I should be packing, but I am not. Life has happened all to much lately, so I've not blogged in a LONG time. Boy, do I have some recipes to share and things to catch up on, but till then I just would like to show off my "Preacha" Man. :-)

He's quite cute when his hands start flaring like this....
And like this...
And like this...
Okay, one more just for fun! :-)
Yeah... "Iam talkin' ta yous"

But when I see this...
And this..

 There goes those arms again...

And that...
 And this...
 I get those warm and fuzzies in my tummies, like the first time I laid eyes on him. I love you "Preacha Man"

Some more for your viewing pleasure. :-)

 (Look he can count to 5) :-) hehehe

(I love his passion)

To be continued with food. lots of food. I promise. :-) 
Live Out Loud! :-)